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1 ONLINE ACT PROGRAM USD 208 January 2006

2 What are the elements of successful test preparation? Pacing/Goal Setting Skill Building Test Taking Strategy Practice! Test Stress

3 Where does Peterson’s come in? USD 208 has purchased Online ACT Test Prep available to all 53 districts 2500 students will have access to a personalized ACT course via the internet Signing up is easy Students will be able to practice and prepare either at home or at school Students will have the elements of successful test prep available to them!

4 5Company Confidential Adaptive, Learner-Centric Design Assess Validate LearnTest Diagnostic Test Post-Assessment/ Topic Quiz Topic-Specific Practice Full-Length Practice Tests Start Customized Learning Path TM

5 Tutorial An online tutorial is required Each student is given an orientation in how to use the course and maximize their experience They will review exactly how to use the program Once complete, they are ready for the Diagnostic Test

6 09/23/103 6Company Confidential Diagnostic Test Initially every student after registration takes this Diagnostic Test It is not a mock ACT but a skills inventory Each question isolates a single skill tested on the exam and pinpoints the student’s precise level on that skill The results drive the subsequent lessons received so the student has a personalized curriculum The score isn’t an ACT score, but what tells you where you strong and weak Everyone receives the same test

7 09/23/103 8Company Confidential The Customized Learning Path TM Created for each student based on results of their Diagnostic Test Comprised of discrete Learning Objects: self-contained instructional modules that focus on specific skills Two quintillion possible combinations - no two students receive the same Learning Path Content Taught: -Question types on the test -Solving strategies -Overall test-taking strategies -Basic skill review or challenge work -Stress reduction

8 09/23/103 11Company Confidential Post Assessments/Topic Quizzes Ensure student’s mastery of each topic Over 2000 possible practice questions Includes in-depth explanations for every question Part of the overall learning process in context of practice questions Available to be taken any number of times, not just once

9 09/23/103 12Company Confidential Full-Length Practice Tests Simulated ACT Tests Let students put newly-acquired skills and strategies into practice Increase students’ comfort level with the test Score report reflects ACT scaled score

10 09/23/103 13Company Confidential Comprehensive Reporting Tools Administrators can access and print results at multiple levels, allowing them to: Pinpoint the current skill levels of all students Identify students who need remediation in specific skill areas Predict students’ future performance on the actual ACT Monitor progress during the course at school, class, student and school level Provide school- and district-level data as required or needed

11 Initial Steps to Begin Students will go to the District’s website This is being created by Peterson’s now Once school commits and communicates with Peterson’s, the web address and necessary authentication codes are provided to school The Student will choose “Register to Begin” The student then creates a User Name and password Student provides a unique authentication code given to school after commitment letter received Student selects their school and grade And they begin using Thomson Peterson’s ACT Test Prep course!

12 09/23/103 14Company Confidential Additional Benefits to Students and Educators Students can use their course 24/7 from home, school or library Affordable pricing makes high quality test preparation accessible to more students Personal, ongoing training and support allows for easy, successful implementation Individualized instruction leads to higher achievement for all students

13 Contact Information Training Manager is primary contact Lauren Hebert is primary phone is is fax number Commitment Letter must be received by Lauren to receive online information Fax, , or phone will work


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